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Alfred Flint

1839 - 1922

Photograph of Alfred Flint
Alfred at the time of his marriage in 1866.

Father William Flint
Mother Elizabeth Crookes
Wife Ann Slack
Children Martha, William Slack, Rosa, Samuel, Elizabeth, Alfred, Henry, John Thomas, Caroline, Charles, Ann & Edwin


Alfred was born on Green Lane in Romiley, Cheshire on 10th October 1839 (1), the 8th child of William & Elizabeth. Soon after his birth the family moved to Worth, a small parish on the eastern outskirts of Poynton, where they living when he was baptised, at St George's, on 6th September the following year (31). At least two, and probably as many as four, of his older siblings had already died before Alfred's birth (2), so in the 1841 census (3) he appears living with his parents and just three sisters Mary, Elizabeth and Frances. (This photograph is of Worth Clough, the address given in the census. )

The family was still there the following year when his sister Harriet was born (4), but had moved back to Tideswell, where his parents originated from, by the time his youngest sister Martha was born about 1849 (5). The census of 1851 (6) shows the family living up Town Head in Tideswell, and 11 year old Alfred was still at school.

By the census of 1861 (7), Alfred is still living with his parents, though now on Slagg Hill in Tideswell (is Slagg Hill now Wheston Bank??). He was described simply as a general labourer.

His father died in May 1866 (8), which would have left him as the main breadwinner in the family. However he didn't stay with his mother much longer, as a few months later on Christmas Eve, he married Ann Slack, a Wormhill girl who was living in Tideswell working as a domestic servant (9). Their first child Martha was born in October the following year (10), followed by their son William Slack in April 1869 (11), by which time Alfred's occupation was more specific, as he was then said to be a lead miner. Their next child, Rosa, was born in about February 1871 (12), and by the census of 2nd April that year, Alfred was living with his wife, three children, and brother-in-law Richard in Back Lane in Tideswell (13).

His next son Samuel was born in early 1873 (14), followed by Elizabeth in 1875 (15), Alfred in 1877 (16), Henry in 1878 (17) and John Thomas in 1880 (18). His mother Elizabeth died in 1880 (25). Thus by the census of April 1881 (19) the family is made up of Alfred, Ann and 8 children, living at the top of Townhead in Tideswell. Alfred had also changed jobs and was by then a limestone quarryman.

Their daughter Elizabeth died in 1882 (20), but towards the end of that year their next daughter Caroline was born (21), followed by Charles in 1885 (22), Ann in 1888 (23) and finally Edwin in 1889 (20). Unfortunately Edwin only survived for 17 months, dying in November 1890 (20).

By the 1891 census (24), Alfred, Ann and nine of their children are living in Ivy Cottage, Townhead, where Alfred was to live for the rest of his life (27), and a number of Alfred's sons seem to have followed him into the limestone industry. This house was far too small for the size of family (it may have been one up one down), and the children are said to have slept in shifts (28). Alfred used to also do some dry stone walling, with occassional help from his son William. William used to say that they'd built the walls on Tom Turner's farm on the road between Sherwood Road in Tideswell, and Millers Dale. They built them 5 feet high and were paid 3 shillings a rood (28).

By the 1901 census (26) Alfred and Ann were still there, but only three children were still left at home. Ten years later, still at the same address, only two children remained at home (32). Nothing more is known until in November 1919 he wrote his will (30), so he may have been in ill health at the time. It was fairly standard, with everything to his wife, or equally between his children if she died first. Alfred died on 28th May 1922 (27) aged 82, and was buried in Tideswell churchyard (20). He was survived by his widow Ann for 8 years (29).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Stockport states:
    When and where born Name Sex Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Tenth of October 1839
    Romiley
    Alfred Boy William FLINT Elizabeth Flint, formerly Crooks Labourer X The mark of William Flint father, Green Lane Romiley Third of November 1839
  2. His brothers George (born 1823, died 1824) and William (born 1831, died 1832) were dead long before Alfred's birth. He also had a sister Ann (born 1821) and a brother Hugh (born 1828) who weren't with the family at the 1841 census (1841). No burial, marriage or other census entry has so far been found for them so it seems most likely that they were alerady dead by then.
  3. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Worth Clough, Cheshire
    William Flint40Coke burnerN
    Elizabeth do40.N
    Mary Flint15.N
    Elizabeth Flint8.N
    Frances Flint4.Y
    Alfred Flint1.Y
  4. Parish Register of St George's, Poynton contains the following baptism entry from 1842 :
    When baptised
    Childs Christian Name
    Parents Christian Name
    Parents Surname
    Abode
    Quality, Trade or Profession
    June
    5
    Harriet
    William
    &
    Elisabeth
    Flint
    Worth
    Coke-
    Burner
  5. Martha's baptism has not been found yet either. She consistently gives her place of birth as Tideswell on censuses though. It is possible that she was also born in Cheshire but for now I have to believe her census entries.
  6. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Town Head, Tideswell
    William Flint Head Mar 54 Ag Lab Derby, Tideswell
    Elizabeth do Wife Mar 49 Hand Loom Weaver (Cotton) do, do
    Frances do Daur . 14 Silk Winder Cheshire, Pointon
    Alfred do Son . 11 Scholar do, Romily
    Harriett do Daur . 9 do do, [Worth]
    Martha do Daur . 2 . Derby, Tideswell
  7. Census of 7th April 1861 reads:
    Place: Slagg Hill, Tideswell
    William Flint Head Mar 64 General Labourer [Derbyshire], [Tideswell]
    Elizabeth do Wife Mar 58 . do, do
    Alfred do Son Un 21 General Labourer Cheshire, [Hatherlow]
    Harriet do Daur Un 19 Cotton Factory Worker do, Pointon
    Martha do Daur . 12 Scholar Derbyshire, Tideswell
  8. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Sixteenth May 1866, Tideswell William Flint Male 70 years General Labourer Disease of Heart. Certified Martha Flint, present at the Death, Tideswell Nineteenth May 1866
  9. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1866 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Tideswell in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    1866 December 24th Alfred Flint 24 Bachelor Labourer Tideswell William Flint Labourer
    Ann Slack 18 Spinster Domestic Servant Tideswell Samuel Slack Farmer
    Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after banns
    in the presence of Joseph Slack, Elizabeth Slack
  10. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1867
    November
    17th
    Martha Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Labourer
    Born Oct 20 1867
  11. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Fourteenth April 1869, Tideswell William Slack Boy Alfred Flint Ann Flint, formerly Slack Lead Miner Ann Flint, Mother, Tideswell Tenth May 1869
  12. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    February
    19
    1871
    Rosa Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Miner
    Born 21 Jany 1871
  13. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: Back Lane, Tideswell
    Alfred Flint Head Mar 31 Lead Ore Miner Cheshire, Marple
    Ann do Wife Mar 23 . Derby, Wormhill
    Martha do Daur . 3 Scholar do, Tideswell
    William S do Son . 1 . do, do
    Rosa do Daur . 2 mo . do, do
    Richard Slack Brother in Law Unm 33 Lead Ore Miner do, Wormhill
  14. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1873
    March
    23rd
    Samuel Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Miner
    Born February 27th 1873
  15. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1875
    April
    11th
    Elizabeth Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Miner
    Born March 10th 1875
  16. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1877
    August
    12th
    Alfred Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Labourer
    Born July 14th 1877
  17. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1878
    October
    20th
    Henry Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Miner
    Born Septr 19 1878
  18. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1880
    December
    4th
    John Thomas Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Labourer
    Born Septr 17 1880
  19. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads:
    Place: Top of Townhead, Tideswell
    Alfred Flint Head Mar 42 Lime Stone Quarrier Cheshire, Poynton
    Ann do Wife Mar 32 do wife Derbyshire, Wormhill
    Martha do Daur . 13 Scholar do, Tideswell
    William S do Son . 11 Scholar do, do
    Rosa do Daur . 10 Scholar do, do
    Samuel do Son . 8 Scholar do, do
    Elizabeth do Daur . 6 Scholar do, do
    Alfred do Son . 3 . do, do
    Henry do Son . 2 . do, do
    John T do Son . 6 mo . do, do
  20. Memorial inscription from gravestone, near back door of Tideswell Church reads:
    In loving memory of
    Alfred Flint
    Died May 28th 1922
    Aged 82 years
    also Ann Flint
    wife of the above
    died March 29th 1930 aged 81 years
    also Elizabeth
    daughter of the above
    died April 22nd 1882 aged 7 years
    also Edwin
    Son of the above
    died November 11th 1890 aged 17 months
    "Safe in our father's keeping"
  21. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1883
    January
    21st
    Caroline Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Labourer
    Born Decr 17 1882
  22. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1885
    April
    23
    Charles Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Quarryman
    Born 30 March 1885
  23. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1887
    May
    26
    Ann Alfred
    &
    Ann
    Flint Tideswell Quarryman
    Born April 25 1887
  24. Census of 5th April 1891 reads:
    Place: Ivy Cottage, Town Head, Tideswell
    Alfred Flint Head M 52 Limestone Quarryman Cheshire, Marple
    Ann Do Wife M 42 . Derbyshire, Wormhill
    William S Do Son S 21 Limestone Quarryman Do, Tideswell
    Rosa Do Daur S 20 Power Loom Cotton Weaver Do, Do
    Samuel Do Son S 18 Limestone Quarryman Do, Do
    Alfred Do Son . 13 Labourer at Lime Stone Works Do, Do
    Henry Do Son . 12 Scholar Do, Do
    John T Do Son . 10 Do Do, Do
    Caroline Do Daur . 8 Do Do, Do
    Charles Do Son . 6 Do Do, Do
    Ann Do Daur . 3 Do Do, Do
  25. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Seventh October 1880, Tideswell Elizabeth Flint Female 79 years Widow of William Flint a Labourer Natural Decay of Life. Certified by J H Parke MRCS Martha Duffin, Daughter, present at the death, Tideswell Seventh October 1880
  26. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: Bank View, Town Head, Tideswell
    Alfred Flint Head M 62 General Labourer Worker . Cheshire, Marple
    Ann do Wife M 53 . . . Derbyshire, Wormhill
    Alfred do Son S 23 Shoemaker Own Account at Home do, Tideswell
    Caroline do Daur S 18 Powerloom Cotton Weaver Worker . do, do
    Charles do Son S 16 Lime Burner Worker . do, do
  27. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Twenty eighth May 1922, Ivy Cottage, Bank View, Tideswell Alfred Flint Male 82 years Formerly a Limestone Quarrier I Chronic Bronchitis Certified by J H Parke MRCS Alfred Flint, Son, in attendance, Queen Street, Tideswell Twenty ninth May 1922
  28. Word of mouth from living relatives.
  29. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Twenty Ninth March 1930, Ivy Cottage, Tideswell Ann Flint Female 81 years The Widow of
    Alfred
    Flint
    a
    Limestone
    Quarrier
    1. (a) Broncho Pneumonia
    (b) Cerebral Haemorrhage
    (c) Chronic Interstital Nephritis
    No P.M.
    Certified by Fred K. B. [Quanbrough] M.R.C.S.
    Alfred Flint
    Son
    present at the death
    Queen Street
    Tideswell
    Thirty
    First
    March
    1930
  30. Contemporary copy of Alfred Flint's will from 1922 'Will Book' (D96/1/65 at Derbyshire Record Office) reads:
    THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me ALFRED FLINT of Tideswell in the County of Derby
    Labourer Whereby I REVOKE all former Wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me
    and declare this only to be mylast Will and testament I APPOINT my sons SAMUEL FLINT and
    ALFRED FLINT (herinafter referred to as "my trustees") to be the TRUSTEES and EXECUTORS of
    this my will I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my estate and effects of whatever nature or kind
    unto my trustees IN TRUST after payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses for
    my dear wife Ann Flint for her own absolute use and benefit if she shall beliving at the time
    of my death AND I DIRECT that should my said wife predecease me my trustees shall then hold
    the residue of my estate and effects IN TRUST for all my children who shall have attained the
    age of twenty one years or married under that age PROVIDED that if any child of mine shall have
    died leaving a child or children, him or her surviving then such issue shall take and if more
    than one then equally between them the share which his or her or their parent would have taken had such
    parent survived me IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set myhand this 10th day of November One
    thousand nine hundred and nineteen.                                          ALFRED FLINT
    SIGNED by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at
    the same time who at his request in his presence andin the presenceof each other have herunto
    subscribed our names as witnesses.
    FREDERICK FLINT.                         MISS ANN FLINT.
            (4 folios)
                    On the 14th day of July 1922 Probate of this Will was granted at Derby to
                    Samuel Flint and Alfred Flint the executors
  31. Parish Register of St George's, Poynton contains the following baptism entry :
    When baptised
    Childs Christian Name
    Parents Christian Name
    Parents Surname
    Abode
    Quality, Trade or Profession
    [1840]
    Septr
    6
    Alfred
    William
    &
    Elisabeth
    Flint
    Worth
    Coke-
    Burner
  32. Census of 2rd April 1911 reads:
    Alfred Flint Head 71 Married 44   2 2 Old Age Pensionser       Poynton, Cheshire
    Ann Flint Wife 62 Married 44 12 10 2 House work       Wormhill, Derbyshire
    Henry Flint Son 32 Single         Limestone Quarryman   Worker   Tideswell, Derbyshire
    Ann Flint Daughter 23 Single         Cotton Spinner Winder Cotton Mill Worker   Tideswell, Derbyshire
    Number of Rooms: 4
    Postal Address: Bank View, Tideswell



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